These positions are within the Division of Wildlife and are supervised by the assistant regional wildlife biologist. They provide students with practical work experience in visitor services and interpretation in a busy wildlife management area.
Technicians are the first people the public see when entering the island. You must be prepared to represent MDIFW in a positive way. Applicants will be provided a uniform and conform to minimal grooming standards. Enthusiasm for MDIFW’s mission and an appreciation of Maine’s natural and cultural heritage are a definite plus. These are great positions for anyone interested in a career in Parks or Wildlife. Schedules will be 40 hours per week, Wednesday thru Sunday but will vary in the length of day and start time.
Duties include but are not limited to:
• Greeting and transporting visitors and their equipment across the Kennebec River on a ferry,
• transporting visitors to the campsite in a specially designed truck,
• scheduling reservations and assisting in fee collection,
• interacting with the public by conducting natural and cultural history tours,
• assisting with educational programs for youth and camp groups,
• assisting with island maintenance projects,
• maintaining the campground and other island facilities,
• minor repairs to equipment and facilities,
• assisting in direction of volunteers,
• habitat management through mowing of fields with tractor and other habitat management activities
Motivated candidates will have the opportunity to assist in developing new projects in cooperation with the Swan Island manager. The purpose of these projects will be to benefit the recreational component for visitors of the island as well as local wildlife. The intern will be able to help direct ideas for small projects as well as aiding predetermined ones. Some examples of small and ongoing projects are trail maintenance; birdhouse erection and maintenance; wildlife surveys; new visitor programming, etc. The intern will have an opportunity to become familiar with MDIFW and its activities and occasionally join other staff on fieldwork.
Applicants must have the ability to perform the physical duties of the position including being able to work in all kinds of weather, over different types of terrain, and with ticks and other biting insects. Applicants must be able to work with minimal supervision, be very independent and easy-going, be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner, and possess a valid U. S. driver’s license with a clean record. Previous experience with environmental education, wildlife identification and work in a field camp setting is preferred. Experience using watercraft, farm equipment, and small machinery is a plus.